Most advice related to dog bite injuries center on getting medical care and identifying the dog (and its owner), so that you can pursue damages. This advice is good, but it assumes that the dog owner is the only liable party if a dog bites you. In practice, there may be other parties responsible for your injuries. Here are three examples of people you may hold liable for your dog-bite injuries:
Parent of a Minor Dog Owner
If you learn that the dog that bit you is owned by a minor, then you can pursue your personal injury claim against the minor's parents. Most states have such provisions in their injuries laws. The provisions are meant to ensure that dog-bite victims do not suffer damages just because the responsible animals are owned by minors. This also encourages adults to be careful when getting pets for their children.
The animal keeper is any person who was in charge, or should have been in charge, of the dog at the time it bit you. As you can imagine, this won't necessarily be the owner. Here are four examples of animal keepers who don't own the animals under their care:
If the bite occurred in an area other than the owner's property, then you may also pursue claims against the owner of the property. For example, a mall that allows dogs onto its premises must have measures in place to ensure that the animals do not attack other customers. Therefore, if you go shopping at a mall and are bitten by a pet, the owner of the mall may be liable for your injuries too. This is also the case with a landlord who allows dogs onto his or her estate.
As you can see, going only after the legal dog owner may limit your compensation. You need to identify all the potential respondents so that you are still compensated even if one of them doesn't have insurance or the money to settle the claim. Consult a personal injury attorney to help you identify all the respondents of your dog bite claim and ensure that all of them receive your demand letter.
What kind of injuries can you hold someone liable for? How severe do the injuries have to be? When my husband was injured by a faulty saw, we weren't sure what we were going to do. At that time, we didn't have any health insurance and had to try to come up with the money for emergency and long-term medial treatment. This created an impossible time for my family. My husband was out of work and we had medical bills piling up because a product that we paid a lot of money for malfunctioned and injured my husband. So, what can you do when this happens? Read through my blog.